NAIROBI, Kenya, April 5- After racing to a blistering debut in 10000m on track, multiple champion, Vivian Cheruiyot has set sights on smashing Britain’s Paula Radcliffe 30:21 women’s world 10k road race record later this month.
Speaking to Capital FM from Eldoret on Tuesday, the freshly minted World Cross senior women titleholder who powered to a barnstorming 31:07.02 introduction to the 25-lap race at Trofeo Iberico in Ponteverde, Spain on Saturday is confident of beating Radcliffe’s mark clocked at San Juan World Best 10k Puerto Rico in 2003.
“I’m going to prepare and try to break the world record in 10k in the USA later this month then I will focus on the Diamond League,” Cheruiyot, who also holds the World, Commonwealth and Africa titles in 5000m stated.
Incidentally, her career best in 10k is 31:07, 46 seconds shy of Radcliffe’s all time best recorded at the same event last year.
On whether her scorching performance on Saturday had motivated her to aim for the 5000m/10000m at Daegu’s World Championships in the summer, Cheruiyot disclosed;
“I’m feeling great since it was my first time to run 10000m on the track and I feel I can also do 10000m at World Championships. Since I do not have to qualify, I will prepare for the Trials and try to make the team,” the athlete who won the women’s 5000m Diamond Trophy at last year’s 14-meet IAAF elite circuit added.
In Spain, Cheruiyot dipped under the 31:45.00 ‘A’ qualifying standard for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu (27 August-4 September) thus becoming the first Kenyan female athlete to qualify for the event in the 25-lap race.
As the 5000m defending champion, Cheruiyot will get the bye to defend her title in South Korea. She returned to the country on Monday and immediately set on training for her latest distance running target.